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If our Church’s view on divorce is biblically based, how come it is not consistent in its application?

I think the question should primarily address the Mystery of Holy Matrimony itself.

The Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him" (Genesis 2:18), "woman was created for the man" (Corinthians 11:9).

This verse tells those who are about to choose a partner,  that they should find someone compatible, ready to help and reach out at all times. Cooperation between a man and woman is necessary throughout a married life. I believe the verse in Genesis is a great statement that says more than a few simple words which if followed, there would be no need for two people to contemplate separation.

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together let not man himself separate" (Matthew 19:5-6).

These verses stand for the correctness of the Holy Mystery of Matrimony, and form the blue print for a successful married life. I do not want to take a stand and  judge the actions of others nor debate the uprightness of one act against another.

Those seeking spiritual growth do not heed what men say, but watch the path in which they follow.

"Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do" (James 2:18).
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